Abdelaziz Barrada: The Explosive Moroccan Wanted by Southampton

Southampton's boss Mauricio Pochettino failed in a last-gasp club-record £15.25m bid for Morocco midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada - here's why he's desperate to land the La Liga star.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
2
Southampton's boss Mauricio Pochettino failed in a last-gasp club-record £15.25m bid for Morocco midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada - here's why he's desperate to land the La Liga star.

404

Abdelaziz Barrada: The Mercurial Moroccan Who Would Strengthen Southampton

This is a tricky one. The Getafe midfielder is a footballer who sometimes looks very handy indeed in what is a fairly middling side in la Primera where expectations are modest. For that reason, it’s hard to judge whether the French-born Moroccan international is a more than decent player for an average team, or could be a top class player in an exceptional side.

The 23-year-old joined Getafe’s youth system from Paris Saint Germain in 2010, and made the move up to the first team a season later at a club that has always struggled to produce its own talent due to it being nicked by everyone else. To date, in the season-and-a-half for the Madrid side, Barrada has produced seven league goals in 51 league appearances for the club.

But to be fair, scoring goals isn’t the Getafe player’s role. Instead, it’s powerful runs into the box and that little bit of flair that’s often lacking from a hard-working and technical efficient side that needs some je ne sais quoi from time to time.

More...

Adam Lallana: Succeeding Le Tiss As Mr Southampton

Mauricio Pochettino: Saints Have Landed Themselves The Michu Of Management

However, form can be a little inconsistent from the footballer, and that was a criticism from Getafe coach, Luis García, during a bright spell at the start of the campaign in September which produced three league goals in four games. “Last year his statistics were less than what I wanted from him. He has to give more, to finish the season with eight or ten goals.”

This prolific run of form proves that when the midfielder’s good, he’s very good, indeed. “Barrada is a very important player, he carried the team on his back,” was the praise from Getafe coach, Luis García, after a 3-1 win over Deportivo at the beginning of February, after a return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Expecting a fully-rounded footballer to be up to speed with some of the big name clubs that Barrada has been linked with is demanding far too much from a player who doesn’t have an awful lot of top flight games under his belt. Before the footballer becomes a big player at another club he needs to become a big player at Getafe. That is the best place for the Moroccan in the immediate future, a footballer who has both great potential and an awful lot of room for improvement.